Morpeth Lions Club
KING Edward VI School sixth form student Calum Thomson attended a Global Leadership Programme Conference in the USA during the summer.
Being selected to attend this event was a tremendous achievement and a prestigious and rare opportunity.
However, with the success of being selected came the problem of how to fund the trip. Calum’s father died a few years ago and he had to set about securing funding by means of a scholarship and from local groups. One organisation pleased to help was Morpeth Lions Club.
As a way of saying thank you, Calum attended the November meeting of the club to give an illustrated talk on his experiences in the States.
While there was an element of sightseeing in Washington and New York, the majority of the trip was hard work.
The conference was attended by students from all over the world. On his second day, Calum volunteered to give the first speech of the conference, which must have been a little intimidating.
The programme entailed problem solving in various global scenarios and in this respect each student was allocated to represent a country. Calum was given India.
During the conference there were talks from academics, administrators, economists and politicians. One of the problems involved sorting out a conflict in Cyprus along the lines of action in the United Nations.
Some time was spent at the UN Headquarters in New York, where Calum worked hard to get India’s point of view across. One small problem for him was that he was required to wear a suit in the middle of a North American heatwave.
Morpeth Lions Club President Simon Pringle congratulated Calum on his achievement and a most interesting and confident presentation and, on behalf of the organisation, wished him every success for the future.